Parliamo di una bella storia di solidarietà e cibo che riguarda uno chef italiano emigrato negli Stati Uniti, che ha ritirato in Italia un premio importante dedicato al Premio Nobel Eugenio Montale.   Obbiettivo della sua encomiabile iniziativa: sfamare i bambini dei sobborghi californiani detti "motel kids" con un piatto di pastasciutta. Fe...

by Elisa Ung   Italian, with verve. I was barely through my first plate from the $15 all-you-can-eat buffet at Martino's Market in Hackensack and already the questions were piled up in my head: How did this chicken Parmigiana become so tender? Who made this sausage that brims with fennel seeds in every bite?   What gave this ordi...

by Alison Bauter   City of Brookfield Mayor Steven Ponto remembers exactly what he ate this September when he visited Portillo's: an Italian beef sandwich, french fries, a small salad — "and it was delicious." His trip to the iconic Chicago restaurant's Vernon Hills, Ill., location was part of Portillo's play to locate in the city of Brookf...

by Carol Stigger   Once you've had the real thing – Italian food in Italy, it is frustrating trying to experience the flavors back home in the U.S. I've tried many Italian restaurants in the Chicago area and found many good ones. As for authentic, I had given up until I experienced Bella Bacinos in La Grange, Illinois.   Like Italian...

As hot water was poured into a stainless steel kettle, Rynn Caputo stirred what became a smooth provolone.Eventually the cheese was ready to be stretched, twisted and kneaded into a length that rivaled the longest jump rope."At some point, this becomes a two-person job," said her husband, David Caputo.While the couple worked, their words and the wa...

Spring 2013 Session begins April 17th Casa Belvedere offers Italian Culinary Classes! Casa Belvedere's "In Cucina" Culinary Program is a recreational cooking series designed to be both an educational and a fun experience. Our new team of instructors has a wide range of classes to offer for adults and children ages 8+. Daytime and evening classes a...

by Claudia Astarita   A few weeks ago the BBC published an interesting article titled "Why do the Italians live longer than us?". Fergus Walsh, BBC medical correspondent, pointed out that although Italians smoke more than Britons, they earn less, their economy is in an even worse shape than the British one, and they spend less on healthcare,...

In the culinary world there's Italian. Then there's Tuscan and Florentine and even Sicilian. In the U.S., there's even a difference between New York Italian and San Francisco. But have you ever heard of "Brooklyn Italian?"   "It's seafood," Chef Jonathan Levine explains, "because we grew up on the Atlantic Ocean. It's also, when you have a...

By Rachel Hagenbaugh After 20 years of experience as a private chef, Scott Wnek decided it was time to take his talents to a new level and open his own restaurant, Pronto!, a modern Italian American cuisine, located at 223 East Highland Road. "It's Italian food with a little bit of a spin on it," Wnek said. "We wanted to bring a mom and pop gourm...

If one is good, two is better. Devoted fans of The Italian Store would surely agree. ARLNow.com reports that popular Arlington delicatessen The Italian Store -- which has thrived in the Lyon Village neighborhood for more than three decades -- plans a second location in Westover. The new location, at 5839 Washington Blvd., will be about twice the s...